Physical therapy is just a lot of stretching and yoga right? Chad Shafer and the pros from Complete Rehab Physical Therapy showed us the truth by whipping the Eastside Derby Girls into shape at our home turf, The New Rink, on Thursday evening, 2/16/2017. Our favorite faces in attendance included Hell’s Bellez, Dee’Stroyher, Sinister Storm, Motor City Kitty, Kellateral Damage, MacPhisto and Aitch Bomb. An hour’s worth of squat variations, lunge variations, ladder drills, leap frog planks (okay, those were fun) pushed each of us to realize our own potential. Dee’Stroyher impressed her teammates by hauling her derby booty through the ladder drill-push up combo workout at record speeds. Bellez showed off her ‘get low’ skills by nailing the jump squats and wall sits. Shout out to Aitch who made the whole night possible. The guys at Complete Rehab were phenomenal; we had a blast and cannot wait until next time!
On Sunday February 12, we headed to East Lansing to scrimmage with the East Lansing Mitten Mavens. We received a nice welcome from the Mavens and began warming up to play, we then split into white and black teams and the scrimmage was on!! The coaches took time to talk during half-time about things we need to work on and improve for the second half. There were about 10 Eastside members who attended and we all had a great time. Personally I enjoyed learning their drills to warm up and playing in the scrimmage format like a real game. The Mavens were very helpful and shared their derby knowledge generously!! Rage said “I absolutely loved it! I thought it was an amazing experience. We got to experience different strategies and hitting, and blocking. It wasn’t as stressful as a real game/scrimmage” and Damage stated “…it was scary and also a great experience. It was something that I needed. A few things started to click for me and now I have a little better understanding on some things that I should be doing”. Everyone wants to do this again!!